Monday, September 18, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1759, the French surrendered Quebec to the British. And a French tradition was born.

In 1769, the very first piano was built in the United States. It was made of New Hampshire wood, Pennsylvania wire and Florida Keys. Up until that time, all you could do is tuna fish.

On this date in 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol using a silver trowel and marvel-headed gavel. Or is it lied? I mean, being Washington, DC, lied seems more appropriate.

In 1851, the New York Times went on sale for the very first time at two cents a copy.
So, back then, if you put in your 2-cents, someone would hand you a newspaper.
Ironically, all these years later and there are lots of people who wouldn't give you 2-cents for a newspaper.
Ironically, today, most people wouldn't give you two cents to read it online.

On this date in 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System began broadcasting with a collection of 16 radio stations. It's now known as CBS and their whole eye symbol makes a whole lot more sense now that they have TV stations, too.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. This inspired the joke: Would you like a Hearst Burger? A Hearst Burger? Yep, it's like a regular burger, but no Patty.

TODAY IS

Jason Sudeikis turns 42 years old today. He has a killer name for a spelling bee. He did what a lot of other Saturday Night Live cast members have done over the years -- reached a level of success and left.

Jada Pinkett -- actress and Mrs. Will Smith -- turns 46 today. The couple is celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this year. She has three kids, if you include Will.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is 46 today, if you can believe that. He's famous for bicycle riding and being stripped without removing his clothes.

Debbi Fields, who gave us "Mrs. Fields Cookies" turns 61 today. What is they say? Bakers never get old, they just eventually lose their cookies. She gets credit for at least five of my extra pounds.

Comedian Fred Willard hits the 78-year mark today, unless it hits him first. My guess is, he'll probably celebrate tonight, but not by going to a movie. (Remember when that person behind you in the movie theater was talking on his phone and you thought, "How could this possibly get worse?" It would have been, if Fred had been sitting behind you.)

Frankie Avalon is whipping out his sand-walker for his birthday today, number 77.

It's National Cheeseburger Day --

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